Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research

June 15-19, 2009, Bar Harbor, Maine | Conference Blog


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Targeted Sessions

Targeted Sessions offer highly interactive discussion of a specific research topic of the organizer's choosing.

Sessions are listed in order of the organizer's last name, and other presenters are included, when known.

Questions and methods: Toward the frontiers in PER
Location TBD

Eric Brewe (organizer), Laird Kramer, Valerie Otero, Padraic Springuel

This session will be about methods that go beyond the standard methods in PER (pre/post testing, etc) and how these methods allow us to answer different types of questions. The presenters will give a short presentations on establishing the research context and what questions drive their research, what methods they feel are appropriate for addressing these questions and why, and the benefits and challenges of the methods they are using. During the remaining time, the audience will participate by describing research, identifying challenges they face, etc...it should be a fairly open discussion.

Building a research project from an anecdote.
Location TBD

Renee Michelle Goertzen, David Meltzer, Ed Prather, Mel Sabella (organizer), Chandra Turpen

Short talks (5 min) by presenters followed by working groups. After a series of short presentations about examples of how anecdotes have led to full scale projects, participants at the session will be invited to share their own anecdotes in working groups and will begin to formulate a formal research project based on particular classroom episodes.

Qualitative Analysis of Video-Recorded Interaction
Location TBD

Rachel E. Scherr (organizer)

Ten-minute presentation followed by semi-structured activity in small groups, with closing discussion. Participants will work closely with short episodes of videotaped classroom activity in order to engage with the theoretical and practical issues that are raised by fine-grained qualitative analysis. Participants are asked to bring their laptops and headphones if it's convenient.

Being explicit about the choice and influence of theoretical constructs in research
Location TBD

Laura Buteler, Enrique A. Coleoni, Cedric Linder, Noah Podolefsky, Rosemary Russ (organizer)

Presenters give 15 minute talks about their research, the focus of which will be on the researcher's choice (either implicit or explicit) of theoretical construct and how that choice influences their data collection or analysis. The talks will be followed by a roundtable discussion in which the presenters will discuss one another's work and comment on differences in interpretation that arise from different theoretical assumptions.